Webster's Dictionary Contains Porn

So what does everyone think about the Menifee Union School District removing Webster's Dictionary from classrooms just because it contai...

So what does everyone think about the Menifee Union School District removing Webster's Dictionary from classrooms just because it contained the term "oral sex"?
After a parent complained about an elementary school student stumbling across "oral sex" in a classroom dictionary, Menifee Union School District officials decided to pull Merriam Webster's 10th edition from all school shelves earlier this week.

Press Enterprise article...
There's an estimated 450,000 words in the English language. That's an awful lot of words to sacrifice just for one.

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  1. That is so ridiculous and is a clear example of how the Menifee Bible Thumpers are way out of line.

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  2. What does religion have to do with not wanting to teach an elementary age child about oral sex?

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  3. Computers can have access to porn, should we get rid of those too?

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  4. get over it parents!! maybe if you were getting more "oral sex" you wouldn't be so uptight!

    It's a dictionary and deserves it's place in the library with all the other books.

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  5. Absolutely redicilious. I have an idea. Let the mom spend the weekend at the school library and read as many books as she can. Any books she feels does not belong in the library we can get rid off. Better yet she can burn them so no one can ever read them again. It's a dictionary people. Dictionaries have good words and bad. Equaly worst was the schools response. There are alot more worst things in this world then comming across the word "Oral Sex". It's one word. You see the word and move on!!!!!

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  6. this is so stupid.. yup censor kids about things that you dont want to talk about that sounds like a great idea

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  7. This is another typical knee-jerk overreaction because of one hypersensitive individual.

    Guess what - there are a lot of words in the dictionary with the potential to be more graphic. If the district is going to evaluate the dictionary, how about they start with George Carlin's "7 Words You Can Never Say On Television".

    Funny thing about those 7 words - they all appear in the Merriam-Webster's online standard dictionary (as does the term "Oral Sex", but the word overreaction doesn't. You have to check their online unabridged dictionary.

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  8. Shocking.....there is a much better chance that children will hear this word on the playground before seeing it in a dictionary. You have to be ready to answer sometimes embarrasing/uncomfortable questions. To remove the dictionary....it's ignorant.

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  9. How many parents actually complained, Or was it just a handful ? Amazing how it just happened and we find out about it in a newspaper....

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  10. Anonymous @ 8:08am, have you seen all the national coverage this story is getting now? What's more amazing that despite all the efforts of the City and the Chamber of Commerce, it's the school district that's putting Menifee on the map.

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  11. National coverage??? Great, is this the kind of branding(image) that Menifee wanted? Not all publicity is good publicity, I don't care what anyone says. This is over the line, whether you are Democrat or Repulican, Christian or Athiest this doesn't paint our community in a good light. I am embarrassed.

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  12. Why do we have to get publicity like this. Kids are going to be kids. They are curious and if they don't find it in the dictionary they will find it somewhere else. Like many have already said, just turn the T.V. on or the computer and you can get a visual of oral sex.

    My mom teaches 4th grade in another state and just told me about some game her kids were playing amongst themselves and the words they were writing on paper included this word and more. It is the parents responsibility to discuss with their children.

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  13. Wow, I didnt even know this happened and am finding out now. No one can protect their kid from everything in this world. My second grader heard the f word on the playground (in a Menifee elementary school) and wanted to know what it meant.

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  14. Just when you think as human beings we are making progress...one action, or over reaction can take us back in time. As I heard this news, I pictured the burning of books that are not correct or of the "norm." It's amazing what is acceptable...the latest craze of our youth readers is Twilight and Harry Potter. Vampires, some sexual content and witchcraft. Are these books next?
    Lets get back to being parents and teaching our children about life.

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  15. This makes me sad, and I am outraged. It makes me wonder who is in charge of the school district. Evidently, the people we elected were not even in the loop. This is a call for an investigation not of the dictionary. It belongs back on the shelf. It is a call for an investigation as to how this happened. It is not a simple over reaction. The implications can be staggering.

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  16. This is not a question of pornography. It doesn't meet the standard set by the supreme court.

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  17. I think this is a good example, and there are so many others, of the continuing decline of the U.S. We are doomed; we the U.S. and we the world. Stupidity and ignorance rule!!

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  18. Your stupid factor is going to spike, Menifeeans. And everybody in the world is going to know it. Good times.

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  19. Indeed, the world over, Menifee Union School District is known as a group of very stupid people indeed, exactly the sort, in fact, who should not be entrusted with the education of children. It's difficult to choose between pity and contempt, but I think I'll plump for the latter.

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  20. I would like to applaud the child for having enough sense to look up the word in the dictionary to get the true meaning versus the school ground definition. I say "boo" to the parent for not doing their job and having an age appropriate coversation with their child. Also, "boo" to the school district for not meeting first to discuss the situation. Seeing all the press coverage, I think when I go out of town from now on, I will say I am from Sun City!

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  21. Most of the links say the same thing, probably because they were sent over the AP wire. However, the last one from Salon.com and another one that I came across the other day insinuate it was actually the parent, and not the child, that came across the entry.

    I would really be interested to know which is true - was it the student, as was originally reported, or was it the parent? In either case, I agree with School Board President Rita Peters on this one - we don't need parents setting policy in the district.

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  22. Wow, just wow. I used to live in Los Angeles, but sometimes I regret buying a house in Menifee because my neighbors are rejects from the bible belt and giant hypocrites. This story made my opinion of this city drop down one notch lower. Why are you searching the dictionary for that word? How the hell did you know about it in the first place? Bunch of prudes. And damn the school too. Though, I would have expected the stupid to rise up from Chester Morrison first.

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  23. I wonder if the complaining parents have Bibles in their homes...you know, the book that discusses prostitution, incest, and sex graphically. Oh yeah, and donkey genitals (Ezekiel 23:19).

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  24. ONE parent! Enough said....

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  25. Why is wanting to maintain your child's innocence for as long as possible a bad thing?

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  26. Maintaining a childs innocence is not a bad thing but ignorance is.

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  27. If this dictionary is appropriate for all, why is it titled “Collegiate” and not just “Dictionary”?

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  28. How does book banning protect your child's innocence? What does it teach them about asking questions openly and honestly with their parents. What does it teach them about the protections given us both by the US Constitution and the California Constitution. What does it teach them about freedom of speech, and due process.

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  29. Shall we ban the newspapers that use the word telling the story? Shall we black out the television stations that reported on the issue? Do we ban the discussions by the school board because they include the word.

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  30. Why do we rate video games, TV shows, and movies? Maybe we should remove the rating system on movies and allow parents to explain what is going on if their child has any questions. You could start with Deep Throat, as that seems to be acceptable for 4th graders.

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  31. To the person who asks is this dictionary appropriate for all. "why is it titled "'Collegiate'" and not just Dictionary. Well it it said just Dictionary it would have an even broader base. Webster makes numerous dictionaries. Yet the question remains:
    What are people afraid of? Do you think your children have never heard this term. As one parent said congratulations to the child who uses a dictionary. This is the dictionary used for spelling bees. I grew up with a dictionary that had everything in it and was successful and hold graduate degrees. My son also graduated from college with honors using a different edition of this dictionary. So parent I ask you how do you explain the parents that give each other the finger when they are picking their children up from school?

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  32. I am truly shocked to find out that a school district with such amazing grades could fail our children in such a disturbing manner. What will be removed next?

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  33. I believe the parents that are giving the finger, are teaching their children how to do it correctly so they don’t go out and learn it on the playground.

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  34. I am OUTRAGED that a dictionary would be removed from an elementary school. This is a result of ONE parent complaint, and I am shocked and apalled the school board would let this fly! Working for a public school district myself, I know first hand of the random and often non-sensical complaints to come to administration, and for a dictionary to be removed from a library is over the top. I'm going to go home and watch Footloose and try to remember that stuff like this only happens in the movies, and in Menifee.

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  35. Go Menifee!!! Really, international humiliation is something to be proud about. Lest we forget that idiots have always ruled this world.

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  36. Steve,
    Is there any open forum at the school district that will be discussing this, or is it a closed door discussion? I would love to know the reasoning behind the districts actions. I wonder if they have realized the Pandora's Box that they have opened.

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  37. Here's another link to this embarrassing story, this time from foxnews.com.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,584010,00.html

    I sincerely hope somebody is being made to feel stupid for this whole ordeal.

    "Where are you from?"

    "I'm from Menifee."

    "Menifee? Aren't you the idiots that banned the dictionary?"

    Thanks MUSD.

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